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Decisions of the PCC - December 2014

On this page, any decisions made by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland will be published. The table below outlines each decision supported by the Decision Form used by the Commissioner to justify the decision.

Note: Where a link to the decision document is unavailable. this will be updated as soon as possible 







63 – 2014

Youth Engagement Fund – Local Contribution

Tees Valley Unlimited is the Local Enterprise Partnership for the Tees Valley. TVU have been successful in the initial application stage for the Government's Youth Engagement Fund, with a funding bid being developed to bring £4.5 million of additional resources to Tees Valley to support disadvantaged young people between the ages of 14 and 17.

If successfully awarded the funding the delivery model will focus on NEETs who:

  • Have a history of offending or who have been identified as being at risk of becoming an offender
  • Are in care or care leavers
  • Have left school or are likely to leave school with few or no qualifications
  • Have behavioural or mental health issues
  • Have a learning difficulty or disability

The model will provide a single overarching programme with multiple specialist interventions that offer three key strands - prevention, transition and re-engagement. Transition Education Mentors will provide intensive bespoke packages for the young people on the programme and act as a single point of contact for all the services utilised. 



64 – 2014

Mutual Aid Funding

Summary within Decision Record Form 



65 – 2014

Community Safety Funding

In 18th February 2014, the PCC set the budget for 2014/15 which included the allocation of £1,510k to support PCC Initiatives.

During the year a number of the areas which had money allocated to them initially have changed and as a result funding is no longer needed in the same areas. This has presented the opportunity to re-allocate some of the funding within the PCC Initiatives Fund. Those areas where significant change has occurred is as follows:

£300k which was earmarked to allocate to the Force to increase Special Constables is not to be expended in the manner anticipated.

A further £300k was set aside for the delivery of Arrest Referral by the Force, however delays in the transition mean only £140k is expected to be needed in 2014/15.

There is some on going debate about how much of the £248k allocated to Integrated Offender Management is needed in the current year.

As result of the above, £500k is considered to be available for the PCC to set up a Community Safety Fund, which will operate along similar lines to the Property Act Fund.

The guidance notes for applications to the fund and the application form are attached for to this decision record form for approval. 



66 – 2014

Senior Information Risk Owner Arrangements

National Police Information Security practice requires the appointment of a Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO). It is accepted that PCCs with access to PNN and other police systems ought to adopt the convention of appointing a SIRO to take overall responsibility for the management of information risk.

In Cleveland the OPCC relies upon joint corporate arrangements in respect of communications and information technology and does not operate bespoke hardware or software solutions. In other words, the IT environment aligns with Cleveland Police. In those circumstances it makes sense to align SIRO arrangements with Cleveland Police.

This Decision Record approves the appointment of Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal for the purposes of SIRO responsibilities in respect of the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner.

In so doing the PCC recognises that it would be unlawful to seek to effect a specific delegation to the DCC and approves the arrangement under which the Chief of Staff (as his delegate on risk management matters and in respect of overall management and leadership of the OPCC) liaises closely as part of existing meeting structures with the DCC and Steria, in relation to the management of information risk and information security risk.

This decision should be reflected in suitable terms in the appropriate section of the Joint Corporate Governance Framework as part of its next revision. 



67 – 2014

Improving the response to homophobic and transphobic hate crime (addressing barriers to reporting and community confidence) – recommendations and communications strategy

Two specific outputs are required:

Recommendations to address the key barriers to reporting homophobic and transphobic hate crime in Cleveland. This should include consideration of the use of third party reporting centres

It is expected that this will involve:

  • an element of desk research, reviewing existing material on the subject (national and local);
  • interviews with key voluntary organisations (GADD, Hart Gables, Teesside Positive Action and others, as appropriate)
  • an element of outreach within the community, including those involved in organising   Middlesbrough Pride.
  • interviews with key individuals in relevant agencies where necessary to understand current practice (around e.g. third party reporting centres)

A communications strategy, based on the findings above, to enable the results of this work to be widely communicated across the community and to increase community confidence in reporting hate crime.     




68 – 2014

Sign off and approval for the Police Innovation Fund Bids for 2015-16

Summary within Decision Record Form 


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